His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh, visited the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution on the morning of Wednesday 19th July. Once the Duke had arrived at BRLSI HQ at Queen Square, one of the first people he met was 15 year old Miles Veck, who attends Beechen Cliff school in Bath, and was at the Institution on a week long work experience placement. Miles tells us about the event from his unique perspective below:
“This Wednesday at BRLSI there has been a significant event, a royal visit to the premises by the Duke of Edinburgh. I was lucky enough to be a part of this with it occurring during my week of work experience at BRLSI. My role within the visit was to talk to HRH about a section of the fascinating Riches of The Earth exhibition, the fluorescent mineral display. After talking to me he toured the rest of the building, mainly the basement with the vast collection and talking to other staff members upstairs.
Personally, I believe the tour went extremely well, his HRH even used my fountain pen to sign the visitor logbook because there were only biros in the office, which weren’t suitable for a royal visitor. Everyone followed the schedule to a tee. As a result, the visit was exceptionally smooth.
After the visit everyone involved, except HRH stayed at BRLSI to enjoy tea and cakes. Overall, I feel I was incredibly lucky to be a part of BRLSI for this short but sweet week and to experience the royal visit. All of this wouldn’t have been possible for me without the help of all the brilliant staff.”
The staff at BRLSI are equally grateful for all of Miles’ hard work, and are so glad he got to take part in such a special day.